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How to make netholi meen fry

By Chef Manish Kusumwal
Last updated on: August 17, 2019 10:35 IST
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Want to impress your guests with something traditional yet delicious? Chef Manish Kusumwal of Keys Hotels shares his special recipe.

Netholi meen fry (Kerala-style fried anchovies)


  • ½ kg netholi/anchovy
  • 1 tbsp rice flour
  • 2 springs of curry leaves
  • 2 lemons (1 cut in wedges for garnish)
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Onion rings for garnish

For the marinade:

  • 8 small shallots
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 8-10 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp chilli powder (as per taste)
  • ½ tsp black pepper corn
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tbsp crushed whole coriander


  • Clean the fish (netholi/anchovy) and pat dry using a paper kitchen towel. Grind the ingredients listed for the marinade (except coriander) and make it a fine paste. Add just enough water to grind. Adjust the salt as per your taste.
  • Marinate cleaned fish and add crushed coriander and curry leaves. Keep it aside for 30 minutes. Before frying, add rice flour as it makes it crispy.
  • Heat oil in a pan for deep frying. Add the marinated fish to the pan. Deep fry the fish over medium-high flame until done. It would turn into golden colour.
  • Remove from pan on a kitchen towel to remove excess oil. Garnish with onion rings and lemon wedges.

Note: You can also use coconut oil for frying.

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